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Enrollment Audit /Residency Verification

LEA Training Session

Office of the State Superintendent of Education

September 5, 2013


9:00am - 9:05am Welcome and Agenda Overview

9:05am - 9:35am Audit Changes and Residency Verification

9:35am -9:50am Homeless Students

9:50am- 10:20am Data Management

10:20am- 10:30am Break

10:30am- 10:55am Special Education

10:55am-11:25am English Language Learners

11:25am-11:50am Head Count Day

11:50am-12:00pm Questions


Differences between SY 12 and SY 13

Direct Certification

Sample Size


SPED- Child Count

Data Quality

residency verification overview
Residency Verification Overview
  • DC residents entitled to free public education; priority enrollment.

Nonresidents must pay tuition

  • Annual residency verification by October/10 day deadline

LEA Responsibilities – Verification Process

  • Verify residency documentation and maintain copy
  • Ensure DC Residency Verification Form is completed and signed by school official and party enrolling student
    • Parts A and C are always required (signature dates may be different)
  • Ensure that:
    • Photocopies are clear and legible
    • Documentation satisfies requirements
    • Documentation submitted by proper party
lea responsibilities follow up with parents of non verified students
LEA Responsibilities Follow-up with Parents of Non-verified Students
  • Contact with parent or caregiver is crucial
    • Early contact – before October 7 deadline – is best
  • Follow-up may uncover important information that triggers affirmative responsibilities
    • Homeless student – no residency documents required; referral form
    • Non-resident or suspected non-resident student – tuition; possible un-enrollment; investigation to confirm nonresidency
    • Other scenario where student just can’t provide documents – home visit, referral to DCPS residency office or PCSB, contact OSSE.
lea responsibilities other issues
LEA Responsibilities – Other Issues

1) Other primary caregivers 2)Tuition Payment 3)Non-public Placements

4) Un-enrolling non-verified or confirmed non-resident students


  • Mom registers her child. First day of school, dad drops off child and provides his residency documentation. Is this okay?
  • Child lives with aunt in DC because child’s parent, who is a resident of VA, is deployed. Can student register as a resident and whose documents must be submitted?
  • 17 year old student from MD marries a DC resident. Her parents still live in MD. Does she have to pay nonresident tuition?
  • Parent registers child at school. Later on, the child brings in the parent’s residency documentation to confirm residency. Is this acceptable?

Residency Verification

Absent Student Hierarchy

  • Process to protect funding for students that are not in attendance during official head count day.
  • Gives LEAs the opportunity to provide documentation that shows a student is enrolled.
  • To allow LEAs the option to receive funding for absent students.

Residency Verification

Alternative and Special Education Schools


Residency Verification

Alternative and Special Education Schools (cont.)

the mckinney vento homeless education assistance improvement act mkv
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Improvement Act (MKV)

Background Information

  • The MKV program is designed to address the problems that homeless children and youth have faced in enrolling, attending, and succeeding in school.
  • States and districts are required to review and undertake steps to revise laws, regulations, practices, or policies that may act as a barrier to the enrollment, attendance, or success in school of homeless children and youth.
mkv eligibility who is covered
MKVEligibility –Who is Covered?

Children who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence:

  • Sharing the housing of others due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason (Doubled-Up)
  • Living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, camping grounds due to lack of adequate alternative accommodations
  • Living in emergency or transitional shelters
  • Abandoned in hospitals
  • Awaiting foster care placement
  • Living in a public or private place not designed for humans to live
  • Migratory children living in above circumstances
mkv enrollment barriers
MKVEnrollment Barriers
  • A school selected on the basis of a “best interest determination” (see G-1 and G-2) must immediately enroll the homeless child or youth, even if the child or youth is unable to produce the records normally required for enrollment (such as previous academic records, medical records, proof of residency, birth certificates, or other documentation). The enrolling school must immediately contact the school last attended by the child or youth to obtain relevant academic or other records.

-Homeless Children and Youth Program Non-Regulatory Guidance

mkv steps for leas
MKVSteps for LEAs
  • Identify and train the homeless liaison and pertinent staff
  • Strategically identify homeless students
  • Complete the OSSE Confidential Referral form. Place a copy in the student’s secured record, and send a copy to OSSE.
  • Work with the family to obtain any missing documentation that can be retrieved with support.*
  • Follow-up with the family to identify any needs that may be barriers (uniforms, transportation, etc.)

*Student must be enrolled and participating

fully in school while gathering missing documentation.

data management process
Data Management Process
  • OSSE will use QuickBase applications, EASYIEP (SEDS), and SLED this year for the audit.
  • SLED will be updated daily based on the ProActive feeds from the LEA Student Information Systems (SIS), EASYIEP, and the Enrollment Audit 2013 QuickBase tool
  • Throughout the entire audit process, it is the LEAs’ legal responsibility to ensure that their data are accurate, complete, and valid.
data management timeline
Data Management Timeline

September 16 - October 7, 2013

  • LEAs review their data displayed in SLED
  • LEAs resolve any data discrepancies by making changes in their SIS, the Enrollment Audit 2013 QuickBase tool, and EASYIEP (SEDS)
  • LEAs verify appropriate residency documentation for each student

October 7, 2013 5:00 pm

  • SIS data final for the October 7 roster

October 10-11, 2013

  • LEAs verify October 7 data displayed in SLED
  • Utilize the OSSE Support Tool, a QuickBase application, to log any discrepancies and request support

October 11, 2013 5:00pm

  • Submit the Enrollment Audit Verification and Child Count Certification Form to OSSE
data management october 7 deadline
Data Management October 7 Deadline
  • OSSE strongly encourages LEAs to have their student data up-to-date in their SIS (and reflecting accurately in ProActive in the case of charter LEAs), EASYIEP (SEDS), and the Enrollment Audit 2013 QuickBase Tool well before the deadline.
data management proactive input
Data Management ProActive Input
  • Enrollment Data
    • Are all the students who are in your school currently in ProActive?
    • Are all the students who are NOT currently attending your school exited from your system (with appropriate and valid exit DATE and CODE)?
    • Are students names spelled correctly, in Proper Case (not ALL CAPS)?
    • Do all students have OSSE appropriate and valid entry codes (not 9999) and entry dates?
    • Is the student in the correct grade/level?
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Data Management ProActive Input
  • Don’t forget to enroll students who are receiving special education services at non-public schools!
    • Enroll them in your school in ProActive and specify the special education school.
    • Don’t enroll them in an Audit Room.
    • Re-enrolling students need to be re-enrolled in ProActive for 2013-14 even if they’re continuing at the same non-public school.
sled data discrepancies
SLED Data Discrepancies

For data discrepancies identified prior to October 7

  • Review and correct data in source system (SIS, QuickBase, or EASYIEP)
    • Wait up to 2 business days and check SLED again to see if the issue resolved.
  • If issue persists, submit a message to the OSSE Support Tool in QuickBase.

For data discrepancies identified between October 10/11

  • Data are frozen based on the October 7 SIS and SEDS information (certain data elements are also frozen in the OSSE Enrollment Audit QuickBase Tool). LEAs must submit a message to the OSSE Support Tool in QuickBase detailing the issue by 5 pm on October 11, 2013.
child count process overview
Child Count Process Overview

8/23/13 or 9/5/13





review and correct
Review and Correct
  • Data displayed reflects information in source systems (STARS, ProActive, SEDS)
  • Each student record has several data elements and comes from student information system) and/or Special Education (from SEDS)
child count summary of actions
Child Count Summary of Actions

*Please note that any change in disability category needs to be supported by data via the evaluation/eligibility determination process pursuant to IDEA.

child count using management tools
Child Count Using Management Tools
  • All corrections/updates to data must be made in source systems (Student Information Systems and SEDS)
  • The one exception to this is data regarding Dedicated Aide. If the data displayed in SEDS for any students who have a dedicated aide is inaccurate, that data can be updated/ corrected in the OSSE Enrollment Audit 2013 QuickBase Tool.
child count a closer look amendments
Child Count A Closer Look: Amendments
  • All IEP amendments for corrections to special education data should be made prior to October 11, 2013.
  • Any IEP Amendment completes between October 15, 2013 and November 14, 2013 for the purposes of correcting Child Count data must be submitted to OSSE in the OSSE Support Tool by the LEA Administrator.
  • In the context of IEP amendment, the term typographical error refers to text that is inconsistent with the LEA and parents’ shared understanding, based on a prior IEP or IEP Team discussion, of a specific requirement or term found in a student’s existing IEP.
child count a closer look environments
Child Count A Closer Look: Environments
  • The educational environment for students will be displayed based on the Least Restrictive Environments Section in the IEP Process in SEDS.
  • If the Educational Environment is missing or inaccurate in SLED, LEAs must hold an IEP meeting or complete an IEP Amendment in SEDS.
  • In the context of IEP amendment, the term typographical error refers to text that is inconsistent with the LEA and parents’ shared understanding, based on a prior IEP or IEP Team discussion, of a specific requirement or term found in a student’s existing IEP.
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Child Count A Closer Look: Environments
  • Tip for Independent Charters: Be sure to select “Separate School” in SEDS as the environment for students placed at nonpublic schools.
  • In the context of IEP amendment, the term typographical error refers to text that is inconsistent with the LEA and parents’ shared understanding, based on a prior IEP or IEP Team discussion, of a specific requirement or term found in a student’s existing IEP.
child count troubleshooting errors in data
Child Count Troubleshooting-Errors in Data

Issue 1: Error in data related to IEP (e.g. special education hrs)

Issue 2: Error in data related to Eligibility (e.g. disability)

child count prepare for certification
Child Count Prepare for Certification
  • Be sure all students listed were receiving services as of October 7, 2013.
  • Ensure all demographic and special education information is accurate for all students.
  • Be sure the educational environment indicated is accurate.
child count generate a roster
Child CountGenerate a Roster
  • All certification documents MUST be submitted with a roster attached.
  • Follow directions in SLED for generating a roster.
  • Do not hand write corrections to data on roster.
child count submit certification
Child Count Submit Certification
  • LEAs must certify that all Child Count information is correct via SLED no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, October 11, 2013:
  • Remember: DCPS will certify the data for students with disabilities for Dependent Charters since these LEAs elected DCPS as their LEA for special education.
  • Failure to submit timely documentation could result in:
    • Impact on local determinations
    • Impact on funding
child count analysis
Child Count Analysis
  • OSSE will review all data submitted to find the following, not limited to:
    • Students duplicated across LEAs
    • Students with missing demographic information
    • Students that are not ages 3 through 21
    • Students with primary disability of developmental delay older than 7 years old
    • Discrepancies in Educational Environment
child count report to leas
Child Count Report to LEAs
  • As a result of OSSE analysis, by November13, 2013 LEAs will receive a report of the following:
    • Issues identified in OSSE analysis
  • LEAs will have an opportunity to make corrections and resubmit a certification with an updated roster from SLED no later than December 13, 2013 at 5:00pm.
child count review resubmission
Child Count Review & Resubmission
  • If the LEA receives one or more issues identified through the analysis process, corrections must be made and the LEAmust recertify no later than December 13, 2013.
  • Follow directions for making corrections and submitting certification as outlined in this presentation and in the OSSE Child Countmanual.
lep sample audit
LEP Sample Audit
  • LEP students in the District of Columbia qualify for supplemental funding through the D.C. Uniform Per Student Funding Formula (UPSFF)
  • Students must meet all four conditions of the federal definition of NEP/LEP as it is written in The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) of 2001 in order to qualify as LEP.


A. The individual is aged 3 through 21;

B. The individual is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary school or secondary school;

C. (i) The individual was not born in the U.S. or whose native language is a language other than English; or

(ii) (I) The individual is a Native American or Alaska Native, or a native resident of the outlying areas; and (II) The individual comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the individual’s English language proficiency; or

(iii) The individual is migratory, his/her native language is a language other than English, & he/she comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant; and

D. An individual whose difficulties in speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language may be sufficient to deny the individual

  • (i) the ability to meet the state’s proficient level of achievement on state assessments;
  • (ii) the ability to successfully achieve in classrooms where the language of instruction is English;
  • (iii) the opportunity to participate fully in society.
lep approval of lep status
LEPApproval of LEP Status
  • Any student whose documentation is complete and current and whose assessment score is qualifying (i.e. below the proficiency thresholds) will be verified as LEP.
  • Any student for whom documentation is insufficient or whose assessment score is above the proficiency threshold will be denied LEP status.

LEP Process Overview (cont.)

Full school LEP audit

  • If more than 2 students in a school cannot be verified as LEP during the initial sample audit, FS Taylor will request and review the LEP documentation for all LEP students at the school from the roster provided by OSSE.
  • If 2 or fewer students in a school cannot be verified as LEP during the initial LEP sample audit, then all LEP students at the school, except those whose statuses could not be verified, will be verified as LEP.

LEP Acceptable Documentation

  • Only official scoring sheets will be accepted.
  • Documents created by the LEA should not be reviewed.
  • No retroactively altered documentation will be accepted.

All assessments submitted must include allof the following data elements:

  • Student’s first and last name
  • Most records should also have USI, but this is not necessarily required
  • Student’s date of birth
  • Student’s grade level on the assessment date
  • Date when student was assessed

LEP The Review Process

  • Check for all required elements
  • Verify that the documentation submitted
    • is complete
    • represents the correct student
    • is current
  • Ensure that the student took assessment in acceptable grade
  • Verify that the assessment score qualifies the student as LEP.
  • Compare student identifiers provided by school to those in original file by OSSE
  • Compare date assessment administered to dates permitted
  • Compare grade on assessment to acceptable grade levels
  • Compare the student’s proficiency level to the proficiency threshold for the given assessment. Check adjusted scoring when necessary.
lep other important details
LEPOther Important Details
  • Students identified as LEP after October 7, 2013 will not be included in the audit. Schools must submit LEP documentation for these students during appeals.
  • Students who were not enrolled as of October 7, 2013 can not submit LEP documentation for students through Appeals.

Audit Process Important Dates

  • September 13, 2013 - Schedule confirmations signed and returned
    • Return via email or fax
  • October 7, 2013- LEA must enter data into SLED
  • October 11, 2013 - Enrollment Data Review
  • October 15, 2013- November 15th- Count Day
  • November 18, 2013- November 27th- Audit Resolution
  • December 16, 2013- December 20th- Appeals Process

Audit Process Data Integrity

  • Ensure SLED data is correct (double check)
    • Verification October 7– 11; Certified October 11
  • OSSE will provide enrollment data to F.S. Taylor on October 11
  • Individual classroom rosters must correspond to the DAYand TIME of your scheduled enrollment audit

Count Day

Residency Verification Sample

  • Direct Certification
    • Students who are direct certified will not be tested.
  • Sample Size Includes:
    • All prior year residency exceptions
    • OSSE flagged residency issues
    • 10% of students who have not been direct certified
  • Sample Selection – provided and tested on count day
    • Examine documentation obtained from parent or guardian

Count Day Residency Sample

Expanded Testing

  • If errors of 10% or greater are noted in the initial sample, FSTA will perform additional testing.
  • Expanded sample size is 10% of remaining untested and non-direct certified population.
  • Second Sample – will be provided and tested on count day

Count Day Communication of Findings

  • Two Business Days
    • Email communication
    • Summary reports which document:
      • Absentees
      • Residency discrepancies
      • Other relevant open audit points
    • Date and time
      • Resolution package due date
      • Resolution meeting
    • Instructions for resolution process

Reporting Pre-Appeals and Post-Appeals Data

  • Pre-Appeals enrollment data
    • FSTA will provide to OSSE on December 2
    • Data based on the resolution of information presented during the audit process
  • Pre-Appeals enrollment data
    • Released by OSSE to LEAs on December 4

Reporting Appeals Process

  • December 16, 2013 through December 20, 2013
  • NO new documentation can be submitted DURING appeals process.
    • Only documentation presented during resolution meeting will be considered
  • All appeals will be presented before a panel
  • Each LEA may appeal an enrollment, grade, or residency decision.
  • LEA evidence is presented during the appeals process and OSSE's conclusion on the particular matter
  • Issue post-appeal reports which capture all appeal decisions
help resources
Help Resources
  • OSSE Enrollment Audit Handbook: OSSE website
  • New account requests: OSSE Support Tool
  • Account problems/troubleshooting: OSSE Support Tool after consulting with your LEA admin
  • Issues with demographic data: ProActive or STARS representatives
  • Questions about Educational Environments: OSSE Support Tool after consulting with your LEA admin
  • Residency Fraud Hotline – (202) 727-7224
contact information
Contact Information


  • Sean Flora- Program Manager
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 202-727-7224

FS Taylor

  • LaTonja Belsches, CPA – Engagement Manager
  • Email:
  • Telephone: 202-898-0008
  • Fax: 202-898-0208